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Saskatchewan: Quick Facts

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  • Capital - Regina
  • Motto - Multis E Gentibus Vires (From many people strength)
  • Flower - Western Red Lily (Prairie Lily)
  • Entered Confederation - 4 Sept 1905
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly - 58
  • Members of Parliament - 14
  • Senators - 6
  • Population, 1998 - 1,025,595
  • Average annual family income, 1996 - $50,847
  • Employment rate, 1997 - 62.4%
  • Per capita health expenditures, 1995 - $2,401
  • Inflation as measured by the CPI, 1997 - 1.3%
  • Average weekly earnings, 1997 - $527.14<
  • Housing starts, 1997 - 2,757
  • Provincial sales tax, 1998 - 7%
  • Urban population, 1996 - 63.3%
  • GDP per capita, 1995 - $23,899
  • Land area out of Canada's total area - 6.5%

Sources: Statistics Canada, 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia

Cities

The capital city of Saskatchewan is Regina - Latin for queen, and named after Queen Victoria. Regina has a population199, 200 (metro) and is largely a governmental center, as well as a 'service' sector for business and industry.

Saskatoon is the largest city in Saskatchewan with a population of 231,403. It is home to the University of Saskatchewan and a distribution centre for agricultural and industrial production.

Time Zone

Central Standard Time - Saskatchewan is the only province that does not switch to Daylight Savings time in the summer and is seven hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Climate

Saskatchewan has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Temperatures range from +25 degrees Celsius (on average) in summer, to -25 degrees Celsius (on average) in winter. The whole province enjoys a hot, dry summer. The town of Estevan is the undisputed "sunshine capital" of Canada, getting 2540 hours of sunshine per year.


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